Evict Arizona Legislature for ‘infighting, brawling,’ says Phoenix Attorney

Posted By Mike Padgett

Jan. 20, 2012

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Who says attorneys lack a sense of humor? I received the following email today from attorney Larry Lazarus, whose downtown Phoenix firm has represented land use and zoning cases for 30 years throughout Arizona.

Maybe Lazarus is on the right track when he suggests the eviction of the Arizona Legislature. Maybe booting out the state lawmakers is the first step to solving Arizona’s myriad problems.

First, some background, based on news accounts: In two sales in 2010, the state sold several state buildings, including the historic Capitol buildings, for slightly more than $1 billion. The proceeds were to be used to help the state solve its budget crisis. (How the money actually was used should be examined for future news stories.)

The sale of the state buildings included agreements allowing the state to lease the properties back from the buyers for 20 years and eventually regain ownership.

Now, to Lazarus’ email. I’m including his mailing address and phone number:

Larry Lazarus

Lazarus & Associates, P.C.

420 W. Roosevelt St.

Phoenix AZ 85003


I believe that the following notice should be served to the tenants of the State Capital (sic).

Larry Lazarus

Eviction Notice

To the Arizona State Legislature:

Whereas the State of Arizona sold the Capital (sic) building and the new owner leased the building back to the State of Arizona for the intended use of the Arizona State Legislature;

Whereas the tenant (the Arizona State Legislature) has violated the terms, conditions, and good faith intent of that lease;

Therefore, the owner hereby requests that the legislature vacate the premises within 30 days of this notice.

The violations are as follows:

  1. 1. There have been repeated reports of violence on and off the premises; that is, there have been continued evidence of infighting, brawling, accusations, consistent discord and total lack of civility among the residents. This has created a siuation of present and immediate danger to the citizens of Arizona.

  1. 2. Secondly, it has come to the owners attention that there is an inability of the tenants to create a sustainable economic model for the state which, in turn, affects the tenants own stability leaving the owner with the belief that the tenants will not be a good financial risk for the future.

The owner believes that there is an excellent possibility that the owner and citizens of Arizona could find more suitable tenants for the premises. For these and other reasons, the owner is sending this notice. If, however, the tenants are able to cure these breaches within this legislative session, the tenants may continue to occupy the premises.

Good luck.

It is the owner’s sincere hope that the tenants will work together on legislative issues and, specifically, work diligently to fix the existing economic and financial model that has poorly served the citizens of the State of Arizona.

Jan 20th, 2012

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  1. Carol Romley said,

    I love it!

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